The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has constructed the world’s highest motorable highway at Umlingla Pass in Eastern Ladakh with a top of 19,300 toes, breaking Bolivia’s document of a highway close to volcano Uturuncu at 18,953 ft, the Ministry of Defence stated on Wednesday.
The 52-km lengthy tarmac highway by Umlingla Pass connects the essential cities in Chumar sector of Eastern Ladakh. “It will show to be a boon to the native inhabitants because it provides an alternate direct route connecting Chisumle and Demchok from Leh. It will improve the socio-economic situation and promote tourism in Ladakh,” a press launch stated.
Commenting on the challenges confronted by the BRO because of the harsh climate situations throughout winters with temperature dipping to -40 levels and altitude and oxygen ranges 50 per cent lower than at regular locations. “The BRO has achieved the feat because of the grit and resilience of its personnel who work in treacherous terrain and excessive climate situations,” the ministry stated.
The highway has been constructed at an altitude larger than Mount Everest Base Camps in Nepal, the South Base Camp is at an altitude of 17,598 ft, whereas North Base Camp in Tibet is at 16,900 ft. The highway has been constructed a lot above the altitude of Siachen Glacier which is at 17,700 ft. The Khardung La Pass in Leh is at an altitude of 17,582 ft.
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